Born: May 16, 1824, Shelter Island, New York.
Died: June 16, 1889, Shelter Island, New York (some sources say Atlanta, Georgia).
Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Sag Harbor, New York.
Chauncey was the son of Oliver Cady and Abigail Brainard, and husband of Harriet Mulford Havens. He is said to have had a son also named Chauncey Marvin Cady (1871–1880).
He was educated at the University of Michigan (AB 1851) and Union Theological Seminary, New York City (1851–53).
He worked with William Bradbury for some time, and edited the New York Musical Review until 1856.
In 1858, he and Ebenezer Towner Root (younger brother of composer George Root) founded the Root & Cady music publishers in Chicago, Illinois. The firm lasted until 1871, when the Great Chicago Fire destroyed much of its inventory and led to the company’s bankruptcy. By 1878, Cady was again running a publishing house, in New York City.
Cady is remembered as a librettist, singer, music teacher, choral conductor, editor, and publisher.
If you know where to get a good photo of Cady (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),